Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free software

Christian Schaller cschalle at
Wed Jan 22 10:29:49 UTC 2014

There might be nuances in how the NVidia binary driver gets made available that is important from a legal perspective, but as the proposal states, this work will be done in collaboration with our legal team. So lets leave the lawyering to the lawyers. 

We can go around in circles of endlessly making hypothetical 'what if there are legal issues' and 'what if there is technical problems' 'gotcha' questions. I spoke with both the legal team and the technical experts before even sending out this proposal and they where convinced that we would be able to find solutions to whatever issues there are here. These for the most part the same people who made both our legal and technical policies to begin with, so if we think they are untrustable then I guess we can't even trust our current state of affairs.

As for the technical side; is working with binary blobs a pain? Yes, it is. 
Despite that, is it possible to do? Yes, it is.


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ralf Corsepius" <rc040203 at>
> To: advisory-board at
> Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:58:54 AM
> Subject: Re: Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free	software
> On 01/22/2014 10:40 AM, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 4:20 AM, Christian Schaller wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >     So between Josh and Red Hat graphics team
> >     I hope you can trust that we have the right people on board to find
> >     a solution if a solution is possible.
> >
> > I am sorry but  "Trust us" is not enough.
> For ages, kernel devs have been telling users tainted kernels (Such as
> those being tainted by NVidia kernel modules) would be unmaintainable
> and unmanageable due to lack of open sources. Has this situation changed?
> Also, users frequently have been told the legal situation of NVidia's
> binary kernel-blobs was at least "unclear", with some saying it was
> illegal. Has this situation changed?
> Ralf
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